LOWELL — Councilors selected a Dracut man with experience in both the public and non-profit sectors to serve as the city’s next city auditor.
In a 6-2 vote, councilors selected Charles Aganes from three finalists on Tuesday night following interviews earlier this month.
Councilors David Conway and Rodney Elliott cast their votes for a different finalist, Cheryl Dick. Councilor Karen Cirillo did not vote and was absent due to a medical issue.
Kara McSwiggin was also a finalist for the position.
Council voted to allow Mayor William Samaras negotiate a salary with Aganes before bringing it to council for approval.
Aganes is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with a bachelors and masters degree in accounting from University of Massachusetts Lowell. He previously worked as an auditor at Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, a financial consultant in Tewksbury. Most recently, he has worked as a senior accountant and accounting manager at Infraredx, Inc., a medical manufacturer in Burlington.
“When the job opening came up I was extremely interested because it seemed like a very, very, very diverse skill set required,” Aganes told the City Council during his interview before the board. “Public speaking, which I’ve always enjoyed, learning a new system, interacting with departments and just a wider range of responsibility.”
The council’s decision comes after two rounds of applications and a boost to the offered salary range. The job posting offered a $100,000 to $113,000 salary with an additional $4,500 stipend for serving on the city’s Retirement Board.
Former City Auditor Bryan Perry left the position in mid-June to take a similar role in Wilmington. He started the position in Lowell in March 2016.